TRICARE Over-the-Counter Demonstration Program Extended Until 2016
TRICARE beneficiaries may continue to receive select over-the-counter medications at no cost to them until Nov. 30, 2016. The Department of Defense has extended the Over-the-Counter Medication Demonstration Project (OTC Demo) to allow more time to determine its effectiveness. The OTC Demo began in 2009 and was scheduled to end November 2014.
The OTC Demo allows TRICARE beneficiaries to get OTC medications from retail network pharmacies and TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery at no cost. Beneficiaries must get a prescription from their doctor for most of the medications covered under the OTC Demo. Covered drugs include allergy medications Cetirizine and Loratadine (brand names Zyrtec© and Claritin©) and heartburn medication Omeprazole (Prilosec OTC©).
The OTC Demo now includes the Plan-B One-Step Emergency Contraceptive (levonorgestrel). Plan-B will be available at no cost and without a prescription to all active duty service women and female beneficiaries who can bear children, without any age restriction. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Plan-B for use without a prescription in June 2013. All military pharmacies already carry Plan-B and dispense it without a prescription at no cost. Plan-B is not available through TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery, because it must be taken within three days.
For more information about the OTC Demo, go to www.tricare.mil/otcdemo. The online formulary search tool, www.pec.ha.osd.mil, allows TRICARE beneficiaries to see which prescription medications TRICARE covers and determine the applicable cost.